Causes of Failure in College

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Are there noticeable trends to why students fail or succeed in college? Who is responsible for those failures and successes? Dr. Robert Pitcher of the Educational Development Center at the University of Alabama has developed what he believes are the 10 primary causes of failure of students in college (Pitcher, 2012). I believe that those 10 causes of failure can really be summed up to making wrong or inappropriate choices and refusing to take personal responsibility in your success in college. In this paper, I will touch on a few of Dr. Pitcher’s causes of failure in how I believe they relate to personal responsibility and how I had to change my attitude in implementing my own personal plan of college success. Failing To Commit…show more content…
For me school and graduating is one of many tools that will aide me in getting to my long term goals. Graduating from school allows me to get the job that will give me the financial liquidity to have the life style I want and to allow me to start saving for my future business plans. Choosing the Wrong Major “Students must be aware of their own development and adjust previous goals and decisions to accommodate personal growth.” (Pitcher, 2012, par. 5) Many students fail to be successful in school because they simply choose the wrong major. Family and friends have a large influence on what we want to do or it may be because a student really does not know what they want to do. Another option is that you really think you want to be in a particular career, but once you start taking the classes you realize that it is not the right educational/career choice for you. When I went back to school I realized I was no longer interested in pursuing a degree in psychology that I started outside of high school, but other than a degree I did not know what I wanted to really study. I chose accounting because it was something I was fairly good at; I had been working in bookkeeping for several years. I declared my major and started on the patch of getting my B.S. in accounting with plans to sit for my CPA. It was not until I was enrolled into
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